Recorded by FRANK WESS & JOHNNY COLES on TWO AT THE TOP
Uptown: UP27.14 (LP) / Recorded June 8 & 9, 1983
||Uptempo swing (rhythm changes)
Along with Hank Mobley, KENNY DORHAM's 20-plus albums on Blue Note, Prestige and other labels provided small band modern jazz writing with some of its most defining moments.
Front Line: E-flat, C treble clef, C bass clef, Trumpet (1st part),
Tenor Sax (2nd part)
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Piano Voicings by Kenny Barron
Bass Lines by Reggie Johnson
FULL SCORE [JRTS]*
Whistle Stop is a great head based on rhythm changes. The A section (in concert A-flat), followed by a question-and-answer double bridge (between the front line and rhythm section). There's also a chorus of trading between the ensemble and the drums.
SOLOS: Rhythm changes in keys other than B-flat
are a common weakness among young improvisers. These Ab rhythm changes in the A section give a soloist a good opportunity to work on them as well as the circle of fifths which makes up most of the bridge.
* Jazz Repertory Transcription Series includes chord voicings, bass lines, drum fills and cued melody lines in rhythm section parts.
KENNY DORHAM (1924-1972). A founding member of The Jazz Messengers, along with Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Hank Mobley, Kenny replaced Clifford Brown in Max Roach's Quintet in 1956. Prior to that, he played with Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine and was part of Charlie Parker's group in 1948-1949. In the 1950s and '60s he made nearly 2 dozen records as a leader, including such Blue Note classics as "Whistle Stop," "Una Mas," and "Trompeta Toccata" (each with compositions of the same name), with sidemen including Joe Henderson, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones and Art Taylor. He later studied music at the graduate level at NYU and wrote film scores. His compositions, including Fair Weather, Lotus Blossom, Prince Albert and Blue Bossa, have been recorded by Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Don Friedman, J.J. Johnson, Jimmy Heath, McCoy Tyner, Lou Donaldson, George Benson and by most of his former sidemen, among others.
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